Here's the personal backstory on one of the world's many persons named Tom Davey. This Tom Davey currently resides in northern Manhattan, New York City USA.

Full nameWalter Thomas Davey III
(From infancy I've been called Tom)
BirthplaceSacramento CA USA*
  • Walter Thomas Davey Jr.
  • Patricia Ann Davey (née O'Connor)**
  • Timothy Michael Davey
  • Julie Diane Helfrich
  • James Richard Davey
  • Lizabeth Ann Gilliland
  • Alison Katherine Zeigler
  • Robert Francis Davey
  • Kevin Patrick Davey
  • Tricia Ann Davey
  • John Paul Davey
High SchoolMater Dei, Santa Ana CA USA
  • UC Irvine: BA English
  • UC Davis and UC Los Angeles: studies toward the Ph.D. in English
EmployedDirector, Digital Development, CFR Digital,
Council on Foreign Relations, New York NY (since 2003)
Blog Monsters From the Id
MFTI was active from April 2002 through Feb 2003
Social networks
Claims to fame
Witness to history
  • 1994: Living in West Los Angeles during the Northridge Earthquake on January 17.
  • 2001: At work on 9th St. in Lower Manhattan on the morning of September 11.
  • 2012: Living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy on October 29.
Desert Island Discs

(Only one per composer allowed, too bad.)
  • Adams, Nixon in China
  • Adès, Tevot
  • Bach, St. Matthew Passion
  • Bartok, Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
  • Beethoven, Grosse Fugue Op. 134 (For piano 4-hands, this percussive transcription of an already uncompromising work is the moment when Beethoven invented Bartok.)
  • Benjamin, Written on Skin
  • Berio, Sinfonia
  • Brahms, Piano Quartet Op. 60
  • Britten, Billy Budd
  • Bruckner, Symphony #8
  • Chopin, 24 Preludes Op. 28
  • Debussy, Pélleas et Mélisande
  • Durflé, Requiem
  • Dvorak, Symphony #7
  • Elgar, Symphony #1
  • Franck, Violin Sonata in A
  • Handel, 12 Concerti Grossi Op. 6
  • Haydn, Symphony #101 in D
  • Hanson, Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth
  • Hindemith, Kammermusik #1-7
  • Hovhannes, Symphony #6 Op. 173
  • Janáček, Taras Bulba
  • Ligeti, Piano Concerto
  • Mahler, Symphony #6
  • Martin, Polyptyque
  • Martinů, Rhapsody Concerto for Viola
  • Mendelssoh, Octet Op. 20
  • Messiaen, Turangalîla-Symphonie
  • Mozart, Piano Concerto #23 in A K. 488
  • Poulenc, Gloria
  • Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet Op. 64
  • Ravel, Piano Trio
  • Rubbra, Sinfonia Concertante Op. 34
  • Schoenberg, Kammersymphonie Op. 9
  • Schrecker, Die Gezeichneten
  • Schubert, String Quartet #15
  • Schumann, Scenes from Faust
  • Scriabin, Symphony #2 Op. 29
  • Shostakovich, String Quartet #8 Op. 110
  • Sibelius, Symphony #7 Op. 105
  • Stockhausen, Hymnen
  • Strauss, Die Frau ohne Schatten
  • Stravinsky, Symphonies of Wind Instruments
  • Szymanowski, Violin Concerto #2 Op. 61
  • Vaughan Williams, Job: A Masque for Dancing
  • Wagner, Götterdämerung
  • Zemlinsky, Der Zwerg

What I know about music before Bach wouldn't fill a thimble, unfortunately. Naïvely, I like:

  • Machaut, Messe de Nostre Dame
  • Gesualdo, Tenebrae Responses for Good Friday
  • Monteverdi, Vespers of 1610
Desert Island Text Editor (Only one needed) GNU Emacs
Favorite quotation"Emacs outshines all other editing software in approximately the same way that the noonday sun does the stars. It is not just bigger and brighter; it simply makes everything else vanish." -- Neal Stephenson, In the Beginning Was the Command Line
A little snack of literary criticism
  • The funniest serious book in English is Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • The most serious funny book in English is Fielding's Tom Jones
Guilty Pleasures
  • Science-fiction films of the 1950s
  • Diet Pepsi
  • Snow storms and blizzards
  • Blazing fireplaces
  • Mary Roach
  • The many sufferings of Theon Greyjoy
Haircuts I get my hair cut in midtown, a block east of Carnegie Hall, at a shop called Barber Shop on 56th St. Ask for Joseph.

Updated August 15, 2015

* I don't use "City in which you were born?" as my "security question" on authenticated websites.

** Neither do I use "Mother's maiden name?" I do use LastPass as my password manager, recommended. My passwords look like this: ENftv2SW%ybnNhQ8cgRh#aM0.